Bud Brown Beetle Comparison

When America saw the original Beetle in 1949, no one thought it would become the popular icon remembered fondly today. Today’s Beetle takes on this tradition by retaining the shape America grew to love decades before. However, the Beetle is a modern machine – a choice of engines up front, accommodating interior with expandable cargo space. In fact, it is the only compact coupe of its kind on sale today.

Or is it? How does one compare with the unique Beetle? It was tough, but there are some competitors – the Scion tC and the Honda Civic coupe. Let’s see how the classic Beetle matches up with these more modern looking coupes.

 Volkswagen BeetleScion tCHonda Civic Coupe

Engine (Standard)

1.8Liter turbocharged I-4 – 170HP2.5Liter I-4 – 179HP1.8Liter I-4 – 143HP

Combined Fuel Economy

29 MPG26 MPG31 MPG

Curb Weight

2,948 lbs.3,082 lbs.2,754 lbs.

Cargo Space (Rear seat up)

15.4 cu. Ft.14.7 cu. Ft.11.7 cu. Ft.

Convertible Version?


Base Price


As with the original, the Beetle is a fresh approach to the automobile – this time, as a coupe and a convertible. It has plenty of advantages – such as more comfortable seating for four, better expandable cargo space and more engine choices. The Beetle is the only coupe and convertible in America available with a diesel engine, our TDI. For more power, there is the Beetle R-Line with 200 horsepower.

Just like the original, this Beetle still embodies German engineering. That alone should convince you to consider this comparison and look at the Beetle a little more closely when you come by our store. After all, there is nothing like driving – and owning – an original.

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